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CRIM 106 Intro to Serial Killers

Victimization Profile Sample Outline

I. Introduction

A. Opening Statement (more than likely introducing your serial killer)

1. Example (John Wayne Gacy victimized young men and boys in the Chicago area for years, while at the same time blending into society as a productive citizen and leader in his political party.)

B. Give a brief discussion of what you will be presenting in your paper.

C. Thesis statement

1. Example ( Through his disguise as a productive member of society, John Wayne Gacy chose young men and boys as his victims to suppress his homosexual appetite and achieve his much desired need for control.)

II. Body of your paper

A. Give a background of the serial killer. (This can help establish their need to victimize a certain type of person)

1. How was his/her childhood?

2. Did they exhibit any type of violent behavior as a child?

3. Did they engage in any of the elements listed in the MacDonald Triad?

B. Discuss the serial killer’s victimization tendencies

1. Was there a certain type of person the killer looked for?

2. What was the killer’s mobility typology?

3. Were the victim profiles consistent? Or did the killer stray when he/she felt a strong desire to kill and their “perfect victim” was nowhere to be found?

C. Discuss the victim/victims.

1. Did they help facilitate their own victimization?

a. You can briefly discuss the background of the victim/victims if necessary.

2. How was the victim killed?

a. If you are discussing more than one victim, talk about the ways the serial killer chose to kill. Otherwise, talk about the victim you chose.

III. Conclusion

A. “In conclusion, …”

1. Restate your thesis on the first line.

B. Reiterate the main points of your paper.

C. Closing statement

1. Example (Through research, hopefully we can develop a better understanding of the victimization techniques of those like John Wayne Gacy which could help prevent similar situations from occurring.)